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Day 7 Happy Easter!



There’s much to celebrate today! It officially feels like spring according to calendar holidays, as Easter is symbolic for spring (in my eyes anyway.) I’m not religious anymore, but I still love celebrating holidays as I feel they have a deeper meaning than the holiday itself. I can already feel things changing, emerging from the darkness of winter. Soon it’ll be beautiful and sunshiny outside! Happy Easter friends!

It’s also been exactly one week since I started this challenge, writing everyday for the rest of the year. It’s been challenging some days, others it’s fun! Sometimes I find it hard to commit to ideas that I have; I get so many that following through on every one would be impossible. I’ve had writers block for awhile so this is helping me lots. Thank you for reading along with me if you’ve been here the whole time!

Since it is, well, a pandemic, we didn’t do very much today. We didn’t even cook today. My MIL wanted to order Easter lunch from the local grocery store, Sendicks, rather than make a smorgasbord of homemade food for just the four of us. We ate mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, Brussels sprouts, roasted potatoes, and yes ham! Unfortunately we didn’t indulge in a vegan Easter lunch but I’m okay with that. If I can be vegan for the other 360 days of the year than I’m happy with that (confession... I caved during Christmas and New Years last year 🤷🏽‍♀️). I was grateful to not cook, I’m always cooking, sometimes three meals a day. I’m okay with a break :)

After lunch, we went to see Austin’s grandma through the window at the assisted living home. She’s so funny; we called her this morning and she told us she tried sneaking outside her room for a walk around the building and almost made it around the corner with her walker before she was escorted back to her room. All of the residents have to stay in their rooms during the pandemic so no one catches anything from each other. She’s been pissed every time we’ve seen her thru the window because she doesn’t want us to be cold outside (one time it was blizzarding...), and she just wants to see us. I understand where the facility staff are coming from, it is still humorous though, seeing an 84 get all riled up about it. She’s even got the minute by minute update of what’s going on because the news is on 24/7.

I know everyone is probably sick of it, but I just don’t know what to think about or talk about other than the pandemic. It’s challenging for me to just “let it go,” and to focus on other stuff. Like my platform. I just don’t have the spirit. This is all just crazy... so much is changing on so many levels. Part of me grieves for those who have lost their jobs, livelihoods, yet another part of me is joyous of all the great new things that are coming out of this. People have had time to think about the system and experience first hand that it isn’t working for us. I’m hoping they will want to make a transition to something better and more regenerative. For instance, the food system. Getting food from far away isn’t sustainable, so maybe people have been exploring backyard gardens, or even local organic farms. Or even better, permaculture. More people interested means more change into something better. Then there’s those people who have lost their jobs. The time off for them may have them thinking about something more joyous for them to do with their lives, more meaningful work. In so many ways this tragedy is a blessing, opening up so many new doors for humans. What if people became artists, pursued their passions, rather than climbed the corporate ladder for money and status?

For me, my life hasn’t changed much. I’ve been pursuing my dreams for the last few years, with my platform and life choices. I already work for myself and I’m so grateful. Out of all the things I like to do, I just hope I can inspire others to open their hearts to what they truly desire and pursue it fearlessly. It’s not easy, it’s sometimes scary, but it is worth it if it’s what makes your soul happy. I’m just going to keep carrying on, and bring as many people along with me as possible! The new earth we’re building depends on it :)

Phew, that got deep! After we got back from Grandma’s, we hung out for the rest of the day. I’ve been working on a crochet shawl for the last few months. I have a vision to wear it with a pretty vintage dress and take a photo shoot in it. In a few weeks, the forest will be popping and what better way to start off spring than with a pastel colored photo shoot?! It’s taken me months to get this far, about halfway done now! For all you crocheters out there, it is a bobble stitch throughout and there’s a lacy edge. I went for white, for purity and new beginnings, and a couple months before leaving Sedona, I went to the local yarn shop and found some wool/silk blend that feels divine. I can’t wait to show you when I’m done! If you’re interested in the pattern it is called Blueberry Muffin, you can find it here https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blueberry-muffin-3

This weeks a new week, I’m not sure what’ll happen, but I have a feeling that places are going to start opening up again, and hopefully I can find some places to hike even though the weather is supposed to be cold. The governor of Wisco closed a lot of the state parks because people were flocking to them. If I’m lucky, I’ll find something nearby, though I’ve never lived in the part of Wisconsin before. I have no idea what’s around. But that’s why they call it an adventure right? Exploring the unknown, a true Adventures Across. I’ll keep you guys posted on nature excursions when they happen!

Sending you lots of love,

Ashley

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